September 29, 2009
City Council members will work to accommodate plans for underground fuel tanks at a hospital in the Issaquah Highlands and residents who questioned whether leaky tanks could contaminate ground water. Read more
August 25, 2009
Theater giant Regal Entertainment Group will operate a long-planned movie theater in the Issaquah Highlands — and officials with highlands developer Port Blakely Communities said they hope the theater announcement is the first sign of a turnaround after a series of disappointing delays. Read more
July 21, 2009
Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community. But they may find it difficult to grab a snack or late-night fill up at a highlands gas station. Read more
July 15, 2009
UPDATED — 1 p.m. July 16, 2009
Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community — just not anytime soon.
Council Land Use Committee members approved plans for a highlands gas station Tuesday night, but voiced reservations about the plan during the process. Officials cited concerns about the environmental impact of a gas station and the construction of a fueling facility in the highlands while other promised retail options have lagged.
“It’s the pinnacle of my disappointment of how we haven’t gotten what we were hoping to get in the highlands,” Councilman John Traeger said. “I’m very frustrated about that.”
Officials will likely review the proposed agreement to allow a gas station in the highlands when the full City Council meets Aug. 17.
June 23, 2009
City and Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District officials will consider building a storm water runoff treatment system. The agreement between city and district officials will end a dispute related to storm water entering the underground Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery, a system used to recharge the aquifer beneath Issaquah. Read more
June 2, 2009
A city program to cut water pollution has prevented industrial chemicals, fryer grease and even the material dentists use to fill cavities from contaminating ground water. Read more
May 26, 2009
Officials took steps last week to allow new construction in the Issaquah Highlands: taller buildings near the Highlands Drive Park & Ride and a gas station. Read more
May 12, 2009
Longtime environmental activist Ruth Kees died May 6. She was 84.
Kees was a longtime local advocate for preservation of open space and environmental protection. The city created the Ruth Kees Award for a Sustainable Community in her honor. The award recognizes others if they have “demonstrated outstanding commitment to protecting and preserving Issaquah’s natural resources for a sustainable community.”
Issaquah Alps Trails Club co-founder Harvey Manning was honored posthumously with the award May 4. Kees did not attend the ceremony.
Issaquah City Councilman David Kappler said Kees was an amazing person.
“All her work was with so much life and energy to make Issaquah a better place,” said Kappler, who had known Kees since the mid-1970s through his work with the trails club. Read more
October 1, 2008
The City Council Sept. 30 held a special meeting to discuss a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, filed by resident and former councilman Hank Thomas, calling for designation of the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer as a “sole source” of drinking water for the city. Read more